Hey everybody, I am currently about halfway through my third month on Accutane. I have been through many of the common struggles with this drug and I would like to share my fixes to each problem!
Dry lips-Carmex Lip Balm, Aquaphor, As many people who are on accutane know, aquaphor is a lifesaver. I use it every night before bed, but it is quite awkward to use it out in public. I use Carmex in public and it works just as great!
Dry skin (Body)- Curél Itch Defense I suddenly got tons of itchy red spots all on my arms one day and I tried so many things! I finally bought this product and it worked amazingly. I would recommend it for sure.
"Depression"- I put this in quotes because I truly believe that people just get depressed on this thing because they hear these stories of other people getting depressed. I almost succumbed to it in the beginning, but the only way to avoid depression is to just say to yourself "YOU'RE NOT DEPRESSED" I know this can be difficult though...
Hair Loss- Lots of Conditioner When I first started, I had moderate hair loss. This was unusual because I had never had hair loss before. To fix this I just left conditioner on my hair for the duration of my shower (15 minutes maybe) and it worked.
Daily Washings- Dr. Bronner's Unscented Soap I was originally using the tea tree kind but it burned once I got on Accutane. This unscented kind works amazing though!!
Dry Face- Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer I only put this on in the morning because I like to think that drying my face out at night is before for my acne. Anyways, this moisturizer has spf 15 in it so I don't have to put on both sunscreen and moisturizer. I do have to admit though, on the extra dry days, my face is a bit flaky by the afternoon.
Opening the stupid tab for the Accutane pills- Poke it with the other end of the nail clippers It's finally got a use!
Constipation- Taking fiber supplements I took a tablespoonful every morning and night for a week and I don't have that big of an issue since. You can take this supplement longer though if needed. The fiber supplements are in a powdered form and are a lot safer than laxatives. Talk to your dermatologist if this problem becomes very painful or you have bloody stool.
I am probably forgetting a ton of other problems but ask me if you have any questions or other problems!!
Edited by mikhailbearman, 22 April 2014 - 03:43 PM.